American Eye Q Survey Indicates Strong Need To
Educate Consumers About Eye Health
The American Optometric Association emphasizes the importance of
regular, comprehensive eye exams as part of overall vision protection
Too many Americans are not paying enough attention to their eyesight and overall eye health, according to a
new survey by the American Optometric Association (AOA).
The AOA's 2008 American Eye-Q® survey, which assesses public knowledge and understanding of a wide range
of issues related to eye and visual health, showed that most Americans - 81 percent of respondents - wear
contact lenses, eyeglasses or both. At the same time, however, 26 percent have not visited an eye doctor or eye
care specialist within the past two years, as recommended by the AOA.
Since many eye and vision problems have no obvious signs or symptoms, people often are unaware that a
problem exists. Early diagnosis and treatment of eye and vision problems are important to maintain good vision
and eye health and, when possible, prevent vision loss.
"Every adult should have a comprehensive eye exam at least every two years, but it's even more important for
people who already use corrective lenses," said Dr. James Kirchner, optometrist and AOA's Eye Health Expert.
"Too often we see people who have put off eye exams because they assume they just need a different lens
prescription, when they really have a more serious problem. With eye diseases and disorders, as with most
health issues, early detection and treatment are often the keys to avoiding permanent problems."
Comprehensive eye exams are designed to:
Evaluate the functional status of the eyes, taking into account special vision demands and needs
Assess vision health and related systemic health conditions
Determine a diagnosis (or diagnoses)
Formulate a treatment and management plan
Counsel and educate patients about their visual, ocular and related systemic health care status, including
recommendations for treatment, management and future care